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Pamphlet - April 20, 1955

The April 20, 1955 "Rails-to-Rubber" issue of The Buzzer, the publication of the British Columbia Electric Railway Co., Ltd. Pamphlet announces the retirement of Vancouver's street cars, and describes the history of transportation in Vancouver. Also included are many photographs showing Vancouver in the past.

Letter - October 10, 1958

Copy of a letter sent to Mr. J.S. Broadbent, General Manager of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, from Harry Seidelman, dated October 10, 1958. Harry Seidelman thanks the railway company for inviting him to be at event of the extension of the railway into the Peace River District.

Union Contribution Book

Harry Seidelman's Contribution Book of the Marine Firemen and Oilers' Union of British Columbia. Inside contains stamps indicating the months for which Harry paid his union dues. The last stamp states that Harry paid his last union due on September 6, 1921.

Joshua Checov

Oral history interview with Joshua Checov who was born in 1891 in a small village in Russia. He was the only member of his family to serve in the Russian army during the First World War. Mr. Checov met Czar Nicholas during his time in the army. Later when he emigrated to Canada he spent a great deal of effort working across numerous organizations; Anti-Defamation League, Histadrut, etc and was a active supporter of Zionism.

Esmond Lando

Oral history interview with Esmond Lando who was born in England, 1908. Esmond started his career practicing law, connections with 'Spilsbury and Hepburn ship-to-shore radios' led to partnership. Also involved in logging industry and owned and built a number of golf courses in Greater Vancouver & Lower Mainland.

Wine Card

Wine Card of the Canadian Australasian Royal Mail S.S. Co., Ltd.

Nancy Halpern

Oral interview with Nancy Halpern. Interviewed by Samantha Stokell for SLAIS Oral History class.

Nancy's father's family moved to Vancouver in 1906, when her father Norman Brown was less than six months old. She has stories of her own life in the Vancouver Jewish community and those of her grandparents and parents. She was involved in drama and theatre in the Vancouver and Spokane, WA areas, and worked as a librarian in Vancouver. She was also involved in creating the West Vancouver Jewish Community Association.

Nancy mentions her cousin's daughter, Barbara Liskov (née Huberman) from the States, a professor at MIT who was the first woman to graduate in Computer Science in the U.S., and who is a winner of the Turing Award.

Shira Macklin

Interview with Shira Macklin for On The Record: The BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project in collaboration with JQT Vancouver. Interviewed by Carmel Tanaka via remote Zoom video call. Shira (she/her) is a Jewish lesbian woman, who was born in Estevan, SK and currently residing in Vancouver. Shira shares about her family origins in England and Russia, and growing up on the Canadian prairies. Shira tells the story behind how she realized she was a lesbian, coming out to her university aged children, and discovering lesbian community in Winnipeg. Shira talks about finding spirituality after experiencing a plane-jacking in India, which led her to the Diamond Approach spirituality school in Colorado and eventually Vancouver. Shira talks about her youth including education, awareness of the Holocaust and early investment in zionism. She talks about her relationship and career histories, and her involvement in Or Shalom. She reflects on women’s/lesbian Seders in Vancouver, and the relationship between the Jewish and queer communities.

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